Potager’s Teri Rippeto retires after pioneering farm-to-table in Denver

In 1997, before farm-to-table was a thing, before chefs were cool and Denver had a full-on dining scene, Teri Rippeto opened her seasonal restaurant, Potager, at 11th Avenue and Ogden Street.

Her ideas, now hip and commonplace, were radical at the time.

She designed an open, one-room dining and bar area with concrete floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. She started sourcing ingredients from farmers directly at the Boulder Farmer’s Market. Alongside more traditional bistro dishes, she served pizza with pears on top, or soufflé with peekytoe crab sauce.

As a testament, over the years, she built a restaurant that other chefs aspired to work at.

“That’s the only place I wanted to work. It’s where everybody wanted to work,” Luke Hendricks, a former Potager chef who now owns Leven Deli, told The Denver Post Thursday.